Bio

Jerell RosalesJERELL ROSALES is an emerging Filipino-American film and television director and writer.  His short films have been officially selected in over 50 film festivals worldwide and hailed in THE HUFFINGTON POST as a “demonstration of Rosales’ solid skill as a rising filmmaker.”

Jerell is a two-time DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNER chosen by a panel of industry professional judges for his short films, BORN TO DANCE THIS WAY and BRITNEY-HOLICS ANONYMOUS — honored at the Director’s Guild of America as “one of the best films UCLA Film Festival has to offer” in 2012 and 2015 respectively.  Both films went on to win the FESTIVAL FAVORITE Award at the 2013 and 2015 Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  Born to Dance this Way can be seen on HereTV™, America’s only Gay TV Network, and ShortsHD™, the first HD channel dedicated to short movies available on DIRECTV (Ch. 568), and AT&T U-Verse (Ch. 1789).

Jerell is currently in post-production on a short film starring James Franco (127 Hours, Freaks and Geeks), Amy Smart (Just Friends, Varsity Blues), and Zackary Arthur (The 5th Wave, Transparent) based on the William Faulkner short story of the same name, THAT EVENING SUN.  Jerell’s short film will be one of four Faulkner shorts put together in a single full-length film titled, MISSISSIPPI REQUIEM.

As a television screenwriter, Jerell’s original TV comedy pilot, INLAND EMPIRE STATE OF MIND, was a finalist and nominee for best original TV pilot at the LA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL and the BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION.  His TV Spec for ABC’s The Goldbergs won the fall/winter 2015 ACCLAIM TV SPEC CONTEST.

Jerell is based in Los Angeles and is currently a thesis MFA Director at his alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television.

For more information about Jerell Rosales and his projects visit his website: www.JerellRosales.com.

Jerell Rosales